How to Do Machine Lateral Raise: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Machine Lateral Raise exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Machine Lateral Raises

Muscles worked in machine lateral raise

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Machine Lateral Raises

  1. Adjust the machine so that the pads are leaning against your elbows.
  2. Lift your arms out to your sides, until your upper arms are horizontal.
  3. Lower the arms again.


This is an exercise where it is easy to pick a weight that is too heavy. Rather err on the lighter side, and strive for a strict form where you focus on getting good contact with your delts.

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